By Iminza Keboge
Published July 16, 2016
So the Nairobi weekend is already here and you have no idea of how to spend it?
Why don’t you visit Kiambu’s Banana Hill Art Gallery and spend the day with Patrick Milenye Adoyo whose month-long exhibition, Retiring to a Passion, opens today?
Adoyo, a former head designer in the Exhibits section of National Museums of Kenya and founder and Chairman of the Lake Basin Art Group in western Kenya, is likely to not only share with you verbally but also demonstrate that there is life after retirement.
OK. What does an exhibits designer do after retirement?
He continues to work in the arts sector as a painter of colourful rural African market places and heart-warming countryside compositions with cheerful themes.
You have plenty of time to visit and converse with Adoyo whose show runs through July 29, 2016.
Still on things art, sculptor Robin Okeyo Mbera who specialises on Kisii soapstone sculptures is currently working with stones from Kendu Bay in Lake Victoria region.
“My aim is to make use of a new collection of rocks and stones from all parts of Kenya in making portable sculptures that I shall showcase in local galleries in the country between October and November 2016,” he says at his Mbera Arts Studio in Tabaka, Kisii, western Kenya.
Alright. You have to travel to Kisii, some 305.24 kilometres away from the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.Enjoy the 4-hour ride at 80km per hour.
You may also decide to give art a wide berth and instead opt for a Maasai Mara weekend break whereyou may pay Sh28000 per person sharing for two nights. While you have to part with Sh14000 per child sharing with two adults for two nights, the second child sharing with two adults goes free at Mara Engai.
These rates cover two nights full board accommodation, Water, Tea and Coffee, Wi-Fi, Return Airstrip transfer, and Shared game drives.
While these rates exclude Park fees, transport to the Mara and items of a personal nature, the offer is valid until December 18, 2016. But you have to bear in mind that they are applicable on weekends only.
Then there is that Wildebeest Spectacle Show that only the Mara can offer.It is said that about two million animals make this annual migration crossing from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara ecosystem in search of the greener pastures available in the Maasai Mara National Reserve during the months of July through to October.
Do you like what I am saying?
OK. The herds have already been reported to have crossed the Sand River in mid-June.
This arrival in the Maasai Mara is the beginning of a spectacle that has led to it being named one of the nine wonders of the natural world.
Seeing is believing. You do well to book your ticket to witness the “Greatest Show on Earthâ€, the great Wildebeest Migration, right away.
Oh, I got to go. I, too, have stuff to work on. Do enjoy your weekend.